João Gabriel Rabello Sodré

Graduate Student
MA Cohort 2017


Global Governance, Human Rights, and Civil Society


(2017) Master's of Arts, Rights on Public Policy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

(2011) Law LLB, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


João was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he obtained a Law degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). During his law school years, he had two internships in the private sector -- one at a major Brazilian law firm and another one at the Brazilian branch of BG Group, a British multinational oil & gas company, where he had contact with professionals from various nationalities and had the chance to deal with complex contracts. Also during his law school years, João attended a legal summer course at the Justus-Liebig Universität in Giessen, near Frankfurt, Germany. 
Due to João’s interest in human rights, after graduating from law school he decided to apply for a position in the Public Defender’s Office, a state body which provides legal assistance to those who cannot afford a lawyer. After passing an exam for such position, João became an analyst at this body in 2015. The social complexities seen in civil service and growing interest in the social sciences eventually led João to earn an MA degree in Human Rights on Public Policy at UFRJ in September 2017.
Since 2017, João has been attending the MA program at UCSB, discussing the implications and contradictions of the renovation project that sought to remodel Rio de Janeiro's port area, in special in relation to the area's history as a past slave trade complex. In his ongoing thesis project, João is discussing issues concerning the memorialization of the Valongo Wharf, declared by the UNESCO as the reminiscent of the Americas' largest slave port. João expects to graduate in June 2019.


João is currently interested in the impacts of major events in urbanism and the influence of ideologies in urban planning.


  • Queer Hemisphere - América Cuir: University of California, Santa Barbara, February 8th and 9th, 2018, presented (paper "Fragile Alliances: Challenges to Queer Spaces in Brazil")

  • De Lisio, Amanda, and Joao Gabriel Rabello Sodre. 2018. “FIFA/IOC-Sanctioned Development and the Imminence of Erotic Space.” BLAR - Bulletin of Latin American Research, no. Special Issue Article: Sport and Social Transformation in Brazil: 1–14.

  • Pereira, Marcos Vinicius Torres, Guilherme Guimaraes Vasconcelos, and Joao Gabriel Rabello Sodré. 2013. “O Meio Ambiente, a Conferencia Rio + 20 e a Industria Internacional Do Petroleo No Seculo XXI.” In Direito Do Petroleo e o Estado Do Rio de Janeiro, edited by Marilda Rosado and Clarissa Brandao, 58–69. Rio de Janeiro: Freitas Bastos Editora.



Teaching Assistant (F'17): GLOBL 1 - Global History, Culture, and Ideology

Teaching Assistant (W'18): GLOBL 1 - Global History, Culture, and Ideology

Teaching Assistant (S'18): GLOBL 2 - Global Socioeconomic and Political Processes

Teaching Assistant (F'18): BLST 33 - African Literatures

Teaching Assistant (W'19): GLOBL 120 - Global Ideologies and World Order